Samuel Coleridge Taylor was an unusual figure in Edwardian ENGLAND: a young black composer from a poor background, who succeeded in winning the adulation of audiences on both sides of the Atlantic.
He was repeatedly invited to visit America to conduct the work which had made him famous - his choral trilogy The Songs of Hiawatha.
In ENGLAND too, no other work, except perhaps Handel's Messiah, approached Hiawatha in popularity for nearly ten years.
As part of the BBC's celebration of Black History Month, Donald Macleod explores the life and times of Samuel Coleridge Taylor and plays some of his lesser-known pieces alongside the epic work which earned him the nickname 'The Hiawatha Man'.
This is the Island of Gardens
Arthur Reckless (baritone)
Ballade in Dm
Michael Ludwig (violin)
Virginia Eskin (piano)
Harold Wright (clarinet)
Hawthorne String Quartet.